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Algae Based Polymers, Blends, and Composites - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128123607, 9780128123614

Algae Based Polymers, Blends, and Composites

1st Edition

Chemistry, Biotechnology and Materials Science

Editors: Khalid Mahmood Zia Mohammad Zuber Muhammad Ali
Paperback ISBN: 9780128123607
eBook ISBN: 9780128123614
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 20th June 2017
Page Count: 738
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Algae Based Polymers, Blends, and Composites: Chemistry, Biotechnology and Material Sciences offers considerable detail on the origin of algae, extraction of useful metabolites and major compounds from algal bio-mass, and the production and future prospects of sustainable polymers derived from algae, blends of algae, and algae based composites. Characterization methods and processing techniques for algae-based polymers and composites are discussed in detail, enabling researchers to apply the latest techniques to their own work.

The conversion of bio-mass into high value chemicals, energy, and materials has ample financial and ecological importance, particularly in the era of declining petroleum reserves and global warming. Algae are an important source of biomass since they flourish rapidly and can be cultivated almost everywhere. At present the majority of naturally produced algal biomass is an unused resource and normally is left to decompose. Similarly, the use of this enormous underexploited biomass is mainly limited to food consumption and as bio-fertilizer. However, there is an opportunity here for materials scientists to explore its potential as a feedstock for the production of sustainable materials.

Key Features

  • Provides detailed information on the extraction of useful compounds from algal biomass
  • Highlights the development of a range of polymers, blends, and composites
  • Includes coverage of characterization and processing techniques, enabling research scientists and engineers to apply the information to their own research and development
  • Discusses potential applications and future prospects of algae-based biopolymers, giving the latest insight into the future of these sustainable materials


Senior graduate students, professionals, biologists, biotechnologists, post-doctoral research fellows, polymer technologists and researchers from R&D laboratories working in the area of biotechnology and bio-based polymers & materials

Table of Contents

1. Bio-based Polymers and Materials: An overview
2. Synthetic materials and the problem they pose
3. Algae as a future feedstock for production of chemicals and energy
4. Origin of algae and their plastids
5. Algal Polysaccharides, Novel Applications and outlook
6. Biologically Active Compounds Extracted from Algae
7. Production and processing of marine algae
8. Algae biotechnology: A green light for engineered algae
9. A bio-refinery processing perspective for the production of polymers
10. Blends of algae with natural polymers
11. Algae based polyurethane blends and composites
12. Algae derived polyester blends and composites
13. Algae based polyolefins
14. Chlorella Based Composites
15. Algae blend with polyvinyl alcohol and Poly(N-Vinyl-2-Pyrrolidone)
16. Algae based polyether and poly (ethylene oxide)
17. Algae based hybrid nanocomposite materials
18. Characterization techniques for algae based materials
19. Processing techniques of algae based materials
20. Future prospects of algae based materials


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About the Editors

Khalid Mahmood Zia

Associate Professor of Applied Chemistry, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Affiliations and Expertise

Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan; Polymer chemistry, synthetic polymers functionalized by biopolymers, material sciences

Mohammad Zuber

Professor of Polymer Sciences, Vice Chancellor, MNS University of Engineering & Technology, Multan, Pakistan

Affiliations and Expertise

MNS University of Engineering & Technology, Multan, Pakistan; Polymer synthesis, specialty polymers, material sciences, industrial polymers

Muhammad Ali

Professor of Biotechnology, Vice Chancellor, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Affiliations and Expertise

Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan; Health biotechnology, molecular biology, biomaterials

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